Mdm Rahmah, 53 years old, is wheelchair bound and is permanently unfit for work. She requires a caretaker to help her with day to day living. She has severe osteoarthritis on her knees and fingers and she is unable to move them well. Moving them will cause her severe pain and that is why she is wheelchair bound as she is unable to walk. She also has a weak heart and is unable to over exert herself.
Despite being chronically ill, Mdm Rahmah and her husband, Mr Muhammad, 64 years old, are currently caring for their two sons who are both intellectually disabled. Their son, Hafiz, 32 years old and Azlan, 27 years old, are unable to look after themselves and requires round the clock care. Due to their intellectual disability they are unable to understand simple commands and instructions.
Most of the caregiving duties falls on Mr Muhammad. At the age of 64 years old, Mr Muhammad is unable to rest as he has to care for his wife and two sons. Mr Muhammad informs us that caring for his wife and his two sons are difficult. His sons especially, requires constant supervision and care including showering them daily and cleaning up after his sons after they have used the washroom.
Life is difficult for the couple. Mdm Rahmah informs us that she and her family used to be homeless for 4 years living at East Coast Park and Changi Beach. They finally received a rental unit on September 2016 however, they are unable to afford the rental fee of S$250 a month. As both Mdm Rahmah and her husband are unable to work, they have incurred arrears with HDB and also SP.
The family is currently living at her brother’s house as they are unable to continue paying the rental fee. Her brother is currently incarcerated, and the house was vacant. Their living expenses are high as her sons have skin eczema and is only able to use Physiogel as it will not irritate their skin.
Give Hope- Help Needed
Mdm Rahmah and her husband are currently struggling with living expenses as both of them are unable to work.
ROHI would therefore like to raise S$1,200 (S$200 x 6 months) to defray their living expenses. While Mdm Rahmah dreams of one day returning to her own rental unit, she accepts that staying at her brother’s house at this moment is a better solution as she is able to cut down on her living expenses. Please help Mdm Rahmah and her two intellectually disabled sons with their living expenses while we appeal to HDB to reduce their rental fee.
* The beneficiary is currently receiving government financial assistance.
22 Nov 2018
Application for new rental unit
HDB has informed Ray of Hope that they have recovered Mdm Rahmah's flat. Our case managers accompanied Mdm Rahmah on 21 November 2018 to apply for a new rental unit.